Billy Boyd, actor and vocalist/guitarist for Scottish indie alternative band Beecake, was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held at The Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., Boyd discussed managing an acting and music career, his songwriting process, advice for aspiring artists, and starting a band, among other topics.
"Sometimes it's kind of difficult to get the timing right with acting and playing music," said Boyd, "but sometimes you just have to say, 'I'm putting away this time.'"
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Formed in 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland, Beecake features Boyd, John Crawford (drums), Billy Johnston (guitar/piano), and Rick Martin (bass). After gaining fame in their hometown, Beecake released a five-song EP, Just B. The band subsequently toured throughout the UK, Europe and United States, performing with artists such as Attic Lights, Big Country, the Fratellis, Eddi Reader, Sharleen Spiteri, and Sandi Thom, among others. In 2008 Beecake were named best live band at Scotland's Tartan Clef Awards. In 2010 the band released their debut full-length album, Soul Swimming.
Aside from fronting Beecake, Boyd has starred in several films and television shows, including The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, The Flying Scotsman, "Moby Dick," and "The Witches Of Oz." Boyd is currently working on several films in production, including A70, Carmel and Space Milkshake.